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Sabbaticals And Academic Leaves: An Investment In Your Future!

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Contemporary Issues in CHE Education

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Chemical Engineering

Page Count

15

Page Numbers

14.1041.1 - 14.1041.15

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https://peer.asee.org/5501

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William Krantz University of Colorado, Boulder

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William B. Krantz received a B.A. in chemistry (1961) from Saint Joseph's College in Indiana, a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1962), and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1968). He is a registered Professional Engineer. He is Professor Emeritus and President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Professor Emeritus and Rieveschl Ohio Eminent Scholar at the University of Cincinnati. He is a Fellow of ASEE, AAAS, and AIChE. He received ASEE's George Westinghouse Award (1980), Rocky Mountain Division Outstanding Teaching Award (1998), and the Chemical Engineering Division Lectureship Award (2003).

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Sabbatical and Academic Leaves – An Investment in Your Future!

Abstract

Taking a sabbatical or academic leave is becoming less popular owing to the problems associated with dual income families and the need to keep research programs running. This paper advances strong arguments for fitting well-timed leaves into one’s long-range academic plans. The author has taken four sabbaticals and four academic leaves during the 37 years of his full-time academic career and has had four extended visiting faculty appointments since his retirement. His experience has included appointments at one U.S. and nine foreign universities, the National Science Foundation and two multinational companies. This paper will discuss the advantages of taking sabbatical and academic leaves to one’s teaching, research, cultural, and personal development. Examples will be given on how a leave experience made an irrevocably positive difference in the author’s teaching. Information also will be given on how to plan for a leave. In particular, this paper will discuss possible sources of funding for a leave. The author will also discuss how one can handle keeping an active research program going while on leave. Suggestions will also be given on how to involve one’s family in the leave experience. The main thrust of this paper is the important point that taking a sabbatical or academic leave is an investment in your future that will pay wonderful and unforeseen benefits.

1. Introduction

Some relatively long phrases and proper nouns are used rather often in this paper. Hence, the author has elected to use several acronyms and abbreviations that are defined in Table 1.

The principal thrust of this paper is to encourage readers to consider taking a sabbatical or academic leave (SAL) as a sound investment in their professional future. Most colleges and universities allow faculty to take a sabbatical leave (SL) after six years of full-time service in a tenure-track position. Typical financial provisions for a SL are 50% of one’s annual salary that can be taken over a semester or the entire academic year. Appropriately, SLs count towards one’s years of service on the faculty. Academic leaves (ALs) can be taken at any time pending appropriate administrative approval. No financial assistance is usually provided by the college or university for an AL. Moreover, time spent on an AL usually does not count towards one’s years of service on the faculty.

In view of these limitations as well as the challenges to plan and undertake a SAL with due consideration for one’s family, it is not surprising that fewer faculty are electing to take advantage of SAL opportunities. The focus of this article is to address the Why, When, Where, What, and How of taking a SAL.

This paper is organized as follows. It is appropriate to begin with a summary of the author’s qualifications to address this neglected topic of SALs. We then address the Why, When, Where, What, and How of taking a SAL. We end with a prognosis of what well-planned SALs can do for your professional future.

Krantz, W. (2009, June), Sabbaticals And Academic Leaves: An Investment In Your Future! Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5501

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